A brief birding trip to No.6 tank while I could. The first bird spotted was one of the two Scaup present with a flock of 64 Common Pochard. I presume this build up of pochard is attributed to the recent icing up of inland waters. A few Tufted Duck, 12 Wigeon, 64 Pintail, 11 Gadwall, c100 Mallard, 350 Common Teal, c254 Shoveler, 23 Common Shelduck and the two Festive Whistling Duck which were sitting pretty in the south-east corner of the sludge tank.
A couple of Marsh Harrier were quartering the reed beds while a Sparrowhawk weaved its way through the willow thickets.
Observer and images (1-3 & 5): WSM. Image 4 by Paul Ralston.
A new Blackcap (male) visiting my neighbours’ festive fat balls today. That’s 2 female and a male.